Friday@Flore with the IHT

Earlier this week my friend from Out and About Paris contacted to let me know that the International Herald Tribune was celebrating its 125 anniversary, and for the fête, they’ve invited readers to post photos of themselves reading the IHT where ever they happen to be. Then they gave suggestions, “Is that you reading the IHT at Café de Flore in Paris?”




OMG, she texted (not a direct quote, she is far more sophisticated in her discourse) you have GOT to do this for Friday@Flore. Et voilà an idea was born.

If you have not yet noticed, I am still kind of shy about asking people to actually stop so that I can take their picture. It chalk it up to a nasty experience involving me, my Nikon, a Masai warrior and his spear. I brought along two models from home, bribing them with free coffee and maybe a croissant if they were good.

And they were very good, reading their paper, discussing a fold out on The Art of Collecting for the Biennale des Antiquaires that is coming to the Grand Palais this weekend and drooling over the full page Longines ad, sporting the photo of the actor from the tv show, The Mentalist.


I had really wanted to show that is was the Flore, but for the first time in ages, it was not raining and the awning was drawn. Time for a better angle, which inspired me to approach these two rather dapper Parisiens and ask them to put down their papers (Le Monde et La Libération) to read the IHT for a minute or so. The both complied kindly and I felt that warrior ghost of mine take a strategic step backwards.

Of course, there are more important men at the Café de Flore, so I asked ‘my’ server to be part of the show. He was thrilled to comply, but his co-server was a bit disgruntled that we had not asked him. In the end, everyone had to have their turn!








I started thinking of the servers and when the first garçon may have spied an American catching up on international news with his IHT, which is when I learned that the two institutions were founded in 1887. They’re both turning 125 this year!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY IHT and the Café de Flore!!!



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6 thoughts on “Friday@Flore with the IHT

  1. Those are some fabulous photos, Sylvia. The International Herald Tribune and Cafe de Flore should take a note from your book and plan a joint 125th anniversary celebration! Wouldn’t it be great if they could find an old photo from 1887 of someone reading the IHT at the newly opened Cafe de Flore.

    I wish that we would have filmed the two guys and the waiters when you asked them to help out with the photo shoot because it would forever dispel the myth that Parisians aren’t friendly. They couldn’t have been nicer!

    PS. Please tell your models that I think that they earned their coffee and croissants. They did a wonderful job.

  2. How fun! The models are lovely and definitely earned their croissants. It’s nice to show young women that you can be pretty, stylish and well-informed!

    I just loved my visit to to Cafe de Flore — and I am trying to lure Hubby to become an expat and he was enticed by the idea that there’s an English speaking philosophy club that meets upstairs 🙂

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